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Graphic design students prepare for the "Ellipses," student art exhibition.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Graphic Design

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts may specialize in graphic design.

Program Description 

Now more than ever, graphic design is an inherent and expanding component of the fabric of our times. Graphic design informs our commercial, social, public and political landscape. Graphic designers use color, imagery, typography, layout, formats and media to engage in the dialogue that is at the core of our visual culture. From logos to graphic identity, book covers to packaging, websites to apps, posters to billboards, kiosks to building fa├žades, animated .gifs to motion graphics, interfaces to interactive experience, graphic designers are responsible for creating the effective visual communications we encounter every day.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts specialization in Graphic Design at the University of West Florida is a  four-year, pre-professional program. Our curriculum raises awareness about the knowledge and themes that surround visual communication design and prepares students for careers as graphic designers. Research, analysis, sketching, concept development, and teamwork becomes an integral part of students' design process. Our students receive technical training in current industry-standard applications. They develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts of art and design, while establishing a strong foundation in order to cultivate a mature design vocabulary. The program's goal is to help students become persuasive design thinkers, equipped with the disciplinary skills and perspective to equip for professional design work. 

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Graphic Design
Courses and Current Course Catalog

View the course catalog to visit the course catalog page for the Department of Art. Follow the links below to view the description for current course offerings. 

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T.J Grier, a senior graphic design major, won silver for his “Fly” food truck rebranding project. Image c/o Grier.

Student Feature

UWF students take home Gold, Silver ADDY awards from local, district competitions

University of West Florida student T.J. Grier recently won a Student Silver ADDY Award in Elements of Advertising: Still Photography category at the 2017 American Advertising Federation Fourth District American Advertising Awards in Miami.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition that attracts more than 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club, or Ad Club, competitions. Read more at uwf.edu/news.